"let's discuss this and then we'll have a plebiscite. we now know what it will do, and we know what it will undo." i think most americans would say, "let's go ahead with it anyway." but someone is bound to say, "let's go ahead with it, but is there anything we could do to reduce this list over here, to minimize the negative consequences?" well, in 1906, if we had had such a conversation, even with limited knowledge, there probably were things we could have done to reduce the negative items on the list. when television came along, it would have been, in theory, possible to have the same conversation. "what are the benefits, what are the deficits?